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King Street Carnival - best in show

The inaugural King Street Carnival in Newtown, which grew out of the King Street Crawl (founded 2015), is taking place over the weekend of 11-13 March. Here we visit four venues that are co-hosting the musical extravaganza, to discover what's on offer.

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Kelly’s on King - Bootleggers (285 King St)

Bootleggers, the newly rebranded and renovated band room of Kelly's has picked up quite the line-up for the King Street Carnival! You'll find some infectious, pop-indie numbers from Cronulla locals, Fripps & Fripps on the Friday night with supports from post-punk Canberran's, Sputnik Sweetheart, and local inner-west legends, GIRLY.

Saturday will be host to an event by the Bodega Collective that is ever-growing in popularity and notoriety. Pass The Mic will showcase 15 up-and-coming hip hop and rap artists, each with 15-minute sets.

To reign in your weekend, Sunday's line-up has the honey vocals of Georgia June and her band. Supporting her are the self-proclaimed 'groovy dream 70s style pop rock' surfers that are Tuppaware Party as well as 90's inspired indie-rock outfit, Jet City Sports Club.

The Courthouse (202 Australia St)

In celebration of King Street Carnival, The Courty will have live DJ sets from 6pm on Friday, 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

To help you really get into the party mood, we’ve got Cruisers buckets on offer – 5 Cruisers for $45!

We’ll also have all our regular beers, wines and cocktails available, plus our full food menu so you can fuel up for a big weekend of partying.

The Bank (324 King St)

Dancefloors have returned just in time for King Street Carnival and The Bank Hotel will be welcoming a huge line-up of local acts to the stage for three nights of free shows across the festival weekend.

C.O.F.F.I.N will be kicking off the festivities, headlining Friday night’s show with support from SCABZ, Dick Dudley and Private Wives.

Heaps Gay will be taking over the entire venue on the Saturday night, with DJ's and performances throughout The Bank and Waywards kicking on until the early morning.

They know how to throw a party and this one is going to be BIG! Dante Knows and The Trouble will be wrapping up the festival weekend at Waywards with support from Baby Beef, Ona Mota, Betty and Anieszka.

The Bank Hotel is conveniently located smack bang between the Amphitheatre Stage and

Camperdown Park stage and is right next to Newtown station, so be sure to make it one of your stops over the weekend for a schooner, a delicious feed from Avi’s Kantini and some live music. Did we mention it's all free?

The Marly (145 King St)

By ELLA COLLINS, Venue Manager

It’s our favourite time of the year, but this time we’ve got three times the fun and a whole bloody weekend to celebrate King Street and all forms of music in its glory!

Dancing has finally returned and here at The Marly we have enlisted the help of our friends at Low Pressure and Picnic to help curate a huge weekend of quality music for the inaugural King Street Carnival.

Kicking off the 3-day extravaganza, we have our Friday night event Low Pressure in the Main Bar with Peel and Misty Lanes Space Station.

Picnic have programmed the line up for Tokyo Sing Song as we welcome two international acts in Anastasia Kristensen (DNK) & Elli Acula leading a limited capacity rave in Newtown’s favourite basement club.

For Saturday night, Picnic have hand-picked a star studded line up paying homage to

Sydney’s diverse electronic music scene for their three-level take over. Leading the charge on Saturday night is none other than Australia’s own Nina Las Vegas – one of the most

influential figures in the Australian music scene, known for her time on Triple J and her

brilliant record label NLV Records.

Upstairs in Cuckoo, we’re honoured to welcome Trackwork into the fold, the Sydney-based record label exists as a platform for a unique, new wave of rap and innovative pop music. And guess what? FREE ENTRY to both levels, all, night, long.

We have two more international guests in LCY (UK) & Halfqueen (NZ) who headline a good old-fashioned limited capacity rave in Tokyo Sing Song.

Rounding off the weekend, taking over The Marly ground floor and Cuckoo, Low Pressure has curated a stacked line-up that pays homage to the ‘Crawl’ inviting some of the most exciting artists in the country to make some noise for you.

We have a secret headliner to be revealed on the day headlining the main bar with Crocodylus, Towns, Eagle Eye Jones and Moody Beach all doing their thing.

While upstairs in Cuckoo we have Party Dozen, 1300, Gauci and Anieszka making sure you will be dancing all day long.

Every King Street Crawl has always been one to remember at The Marly and we can’t wait to take it up a notch with the amazing King Street Carnival three-day extravaganza.



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